“The level of disrespect to Jamaica’s football in all sectors, our local players, our parish associations, our footballing public, our sponsors, our football administrators, has never been more acute, what will (with) our lack of resources to fund our local programs and leagues, while giving your stated ‘messiah’ Schaefer (Winfried) so much of our resources for practically doing nothing.” The letter continued: “And having our administrative arm, the BOD, relegated to rubber stamping your flawed vision of the nation’s football programme, while instituting the divide-and-rule strategy by outlawing persons that dare to question your individual decisions. There is so much that has gone wrong with our football, the end results are testimony to that, and the issue of you continuing as if Jack Warner or Jeffrey Webb still having influence in football is showing your almost total disconnect from today’s reality that is football in our nation.” Beckford broke ranks in December by supporting Orville Powell, who had moved to challenge Burrell for the leadership of the JFF. The final paragraph suggests that Beckford is not the only disgruntled soldier as he used the phrase “… now prompted OUR call for you stepping away from OUR programme”. It read: “We have never had it so good and be in a worst situation, and the influx of English players and Schaefer and your almost insane vision of our football programme has now prompted our call for your stepping away from OUR programme. And there will be efforts to remove you if not voluntarily walking away. It is imperative to save our football from you and your aforementioned flawed vision of our sport. The ball is in your half.” When contacted for a response, Burrell said it is not the first time that Beckford has behaved in this manner and he will be dealt with by the JFF’s executive body. “This is the second time this man has done that in weeks and almost all the existing (JFF) members have written in and have disassociated themselves,” said Burrell. “My official response is that Mr Beckford will be dealt with by the executive committee, as more than 90 per cent (of executives) have expressed their displeasure in the letter and they will deal with him at the next meeting,” the JFF president continued. When asked about the timing of that deliberation, Burrell informed that “I don’t have the date for that meeting right now”. TOO MUCH DISRESPECT President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not having an easy time at the moment as opposition to his presidency has come from within his own ranks. The latest to open fire at the former army man is one of his lieutenants who has broken ranks and made it clear that he will no longer be marching to the tune of the captain. This rebellious soldier, Danny Beckford, the long-time president of the St Ann Football Association, stated his position to Captain Burrell in a language more akin to the former army man, who has been known to give ultimatums. “Good day to you,” the letter, titled ‘Red: JFF Matters’, started. “Having been asked what is the opinion on the way forward for our football, the first move is for you as the president and your general secretary to leave the football administration ASAP so that the proper way for administering our football can now properly move apace.” The letter was addressed to Captain Burrell and copied the entire JFF board of directors (BOD). It continued: “No longer must we sit and follow your sense of administering our football as this has led us to have regressed nearly twenty years as your vision has wasted so much of our resources in the futile effort to buy our way to World Cup Russia 2018.
The Monrovia Medical Unit erected by the United States Department of Defense to treat healthcare providers who came down with Ebola has been decommissioned and turned over to the Liberian government.The sophisticated mobile unit was built last year in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the Public Health Service under the Operation United Assistance (OUA) to provide adequate treatment for health workers contracting the Ebola virus while treating patients.Prior to the unit’s erection during the peak of the Ebola crisis last year, over 50 health workers died from contracting the virus while attending to patients. The Unit was built by US troops sent to Liberia to help fight the virus.Sharing his experience during the Ebola crisis, the commander of the Commission Corps Ebola Response in West Africa, Scott Giberson lauded Liberians for their resilience in observing health protocols.He said their response to the Ebola disaster also included yellow fever, tsunami, the 9/11/ terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, amongst others.He then commended the Government of Liberia and international partners who collectively joined forces to battle the Ebola virus that today Liberia stands to soon be declared free.He said 42 patients were cared for at the unit, and information from the public affairs section of the unit notes that nine persons survived from the virus.US Ambassador, Deborah Malac also lauded the United States Public Health Service team for its role in ending Ebola in Liberia.She emphasized that health workers were at high risk and were dying from the virus, but the coming of the US Public Health Service team, under the Operation United Assistance, created hope and safety for health workers.She, however, extended gratitude to the Liberian government and people, stressing, “If not for the extraordinary efforts of the Liberian government and the Liberians themselves, combined with the assistance of the United States and other international partners, the country would not be in the position that it is in today, that is, just days away from being declared Ebola-free.”Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended the United States Government and Public Health Service and said while the Liberian government, civil society and the media were finding solutions without knowing which direction to take, international partners, including the United States, China and others intervened to build the hope that Liberians can overcome.Counting lessons from the crisis, President Sirleaf indicated that the health system of Liberia collapsed during the crisis because Liberians themselves were not prepared.She also noted that despite the collapse of the health system, all Liberians participated by playing their roles in observing health protocols and carrying on contact tracing.Furthermore, she said partnership through which resources were mobilized to fight the disease immensely helped to put Liberia in the state it is today, thanking the US Government, China, and the European Union, and the rest of the partners for their humanitarian roles in the fight against the disease.She reiterated Liberia ‘s post-Ebola recovery plan to include the rebuilding of the country’s health system, education and infrastructures, and reminded partners of their commitment to assisting Liberia to meet these goals.The ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House Speaker Alex Tyler, members of the Diplomatic Corps, government officials and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lake Point Golf and Country Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary this weekend. The celebration gave people the chance to get together and reminisce about 2 dollar green fees, which there were this weekend, glass coke bottles, and the fact that the course has come a long way since purchasing their first clubhouse for one dollar. The celebration over the weekend was a lot of fun, and that’s thanks to three special people; Pam O’Kranic, Carolyn Krauss, and Judy Lang Thanks very much ladies, and for everyone who made it possible.Photo: Ted Sloan/Energeticcity.ca – Justin McKinnon of Petron Communications cooking up a storm at the Lakepoint 50th Anniversary.- Advertisement –
January 1, 2018Happy New Year Everyone! On this cloudy day in the desert, we hope you all brought in the new year with friends, family, and good wishes. This is a picture from Arcosanti looking out into the Northern Desert. If you look close you’ll notice the old cement mixer that’s been morphed over the years into an iconic art piece in the Minds Garden.(Photo by Denise Aimar, text by Shannon Mackenzie)
Online video platform provider Kaltura has raised US$47 million (€34 million) in funding, which it will use to “accelerate product development” and to expand into Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Korea.The new funding round was led new investors SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures. Return backers .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co Global Investment and Silicon Valley Bank also contributed.“Following our success in North America and Europe, we started addressing Asia Pacific and Latin America and were met by explosive demand. We will continue to grow our operations in all four regions this year, as well as further accelerate our product development,” said Kaltura chairman and CEO Ron Yekutiel.“Upcoming releases include advanced live, OTT, analytics, and monetization solutions for media companies and service providers; webcasting capabilities for enterprises; and lecture capture capabilities for educational institutions.”Kaltura said the new funding comes on the back of “massive growth” and that its customers include leading media companies like HBO, ABC, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DirecTV, Turner, and Wikipedia.
Sky Deutschland has secured the live broadcasting rights for the UEFA Europa League up to and including the 2017/18 season.The new rights deal becomes effective as of the 2015/16 season and includes TV broadcasting rights, as well as the rights for internet, IPTV, and mobile use in Germany and Austria.Sky Deutschland also has the rights for UEFA Champions League and will continue to exclusively show all the matches of the German and Austrian football teams.“We are convinced that the recent great results of the German teams in the international club competitions will further increase the attractiveness of the UEFA Europa League. With the long-term extension of the rights, football fans in Germany and Austria can rely on Sky remaining the Home of European top football in future,” said Carsten Schmidt, Sky Deutschland’s chief officer sports, advertising sales and internet.